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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Buy Nothing Day

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Saturday November 27th 2010 is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

I fully intend to non-participate.

No purchase necessary and, best of all, it’s FREE!

Buy Nothing Day

In similar vein, while you’re thinking about this issue, make a commitment with yourself to aim to Buy Less Crap.

Now I feel a bit guilty because I’ve been buying a lot of stuff this year, but I try to remind myself that this is because I do really need things that will make life more manageable here with my increased disabilities and difficulties.

It’s also because I returned to the UK 2 years ago with just one suitcase and 4 boxes, so I genuinely need to rebuild a life and a wardrobe – not to mention that the weather dictates the need for different weight clothes for seasons, etc.

What I’ve tried hard to avoid is getting back into the nasty habit of treating retail as therapy. I understand why: it’s bloody impossible to get any other type of therapy in this country, but crap and shiny things don’t make it better.

And one of the prime things to avoid in the run up to the Capitalist Holiday formerly known as Christmas is all the cheap shit in temporary shops (or cheap shit anywhere, for that matter, though it’s hard to avoid.) That article may be a spoof, but it’s definitely one here there’s a lot of truth in with the jest.

Tell me, who buys all those tacky ‘gift sets’? You know the ones: they contain toilet water that smells like it genuinely came from a toilet! And please, nobody, with any taste and dignity, ever needs a fucking fleece blanket with sleeves!

Yep, you’re definitely better off buying nothing.

1 comment:

cinderkeys said...

I have no problem with retail therapy as long as the following conditions are met: I don't do it to often, I don't buy crap I won't want later, and I don't buy crap I can't afford.

Nothing wrong with doing something to remind yourself that you're in your own corner. Especially if you're giving yourself something you actually need.

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